Call for Submission: The Gathering Divergence

Text: Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival & Conference  Fall 2022. 28 Nov to 2 Dec, 2022. Images: tha banner has 3 images including a panel, 2 dancers performing, and theater reading with 6 people on the stage.

Call for Submission

Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts
Festival & Conference Fall 2022

Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival & Conference Fall 2022 is an impactfully positive and supportive convening in the Arts sector. The festival’s specific focus is on Indigenous, racialized, deaf, disabled and mad, women and other historically – marginalized artists’ communities.  Geared towards meaningful conversations, professional development and sharing strategies in the Arts, this year’s theme for Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival & Conference Fall 2022 | Visioning Canada’s IBPOC Artistic Transformation: Then and Now.

The festival / conference is focused on varying topics within the Arts sector grounded in the transformative change through a cross-sectoral understanding of Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity, decoloniality and anti-racism.  A varied offering over 3 days, the  festival and conference will feature performances, literary readings, online visual arts exhibition and creative investigations from diverse practices. Panels, workshops, exhibitions and showcases encouraging divergence across arts practices, collaboration and professional development shaped within the sensibilities of art making and networking of IBPOC artists and organizations.

What is the overall concept? 
Gathering  Divergence Multi – Arts Festival and Conference

  • an interactive space where arts organizations artists and attendees share
  • dedicated to advancing performance, advocacy and pluralism in the arts
  • dialogue on common interests, experienced and strategies towards a better more equitable and inclusive arts sector.

Why are we doing it? 
We believe systemic change is more effectively achieved through collective, creative action, we seek to:

  • create, support and learn through open-source resources and toolkits
  • advance strategies to understand how we are influenced by issues of equity and digital technology in and out of
  • amplify the artistic practices and administration of IBPOC individuals

What do we hope to achieve?
We hope that everyone arrives at a better understanding of the many ways in which we support, create from and within the Arts sector as indigenous / ethno-racially identified artists with a pluralist lens.


Deadline: October 17, 2022

When and where is the festival and conference?
Nov 28 – Dec 2, 2022
Online and In-Person events at Aki Studio (Toronto) following all CV 19 safety guidelines.

What we offer:

– Opportunity to display / showcase / facilitate a workshop to a wide range of artists/ audience, publicity, copy of performance. (No more than 15 minutes in length)

– Visual Arts and  Workshop Proposals MUST include:

  • Set up requirements
  • Estimated time for set up and striking of work
  • Whether assistance is needed or included

– Compensation Range varies:

  • Dance / Theatre  / Music Honorariums $400 – $1000 (based on the number of artists)
  • Literary Readings up to $300
  • Visual Artists will be based on CARFAC Standards (under section: A.1.6 Exhibitions in Other Public Places)
  • Workshops $300 (1 hour maximum)

Required for consideration:
– Brief explanation of how your proposed work. The explanation MUST relates to ONE OR MORE of the Conference’s Themes:

  • Broadening capacities for IBPOC Art makers
  • artist working / organizing for change
  • organizations Advancing Pluralism Through Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Learning,
  • critically Understanding the Nature of IBPOC Artists / Arts Organizations and their work
  •  perspectives on Succession Planning towards Artistic Transitioning.

– Works where contributors / artists or those self identify as IBPOC
– Works created by Black / IPOC artists and Organizations
– Artist / Organization Website URL, Social Media Info, Biography (150 words)
– Headshot / Company Image 300 dpi
– Links to previous work(s) or work proposed.

Selection Process: 
Administered by a Selection Committee (CPAMO Board member(s), Program Manager,
Executive Director, and Pluralism in Organizational Change (CPAMOPOC) members. The committee will consider the following:

  • Artistic Merit and with overall connection to CPAMO’s mandate and objectives
  • The Focus on the Gathering’s themes
  • Viability (overall programming cost, # of artists proposed, range / breath / depth of the submission)

Submission process:
New this year! Submit all information using our online form:

If you have any questions or have difficulty submitting through the online form, please don’t hesitate to contact: Kevin A. Ormsby

Applicants will be notified on Oct 24, 2022

Connect with us on

Facebook Twitter | Instagram @cpamoontario

CPAMO is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, English Testing Canada, Barrett and Welsh, LeSageArts Management, and Randolph College for the Performing Arts.